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Prosecutors allege video of attempted robbery at Rock Hill ATM clearly shows suspect’s face

Court shows video of attempted robbery at Rock Hill ATM

Accused ATM armed robber watches video surveillance in court showing an alleged attack in Rock Hill. His lawyer says he never intended to rob or shoot the alleged victim.
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Accused ATM armed robber watches video surveillance in court showing an alleged attack in Rock Hill. His lawyer says he never intended to rob or shoot the alleged victim.

His mother’s name — “Wendy” — tattooed on his arm, and his face on surveillance video as he sat in court right next to the screen means a Rock Hill felon now will face trial and a potential of decades in prison for an alleged ATM crime in September.

A judge ruled Tuesday morning that prosecutors can move forward against Antonio Ross, 26, a Rock Hill felon barred from having a gun who is accused of attacking a woman trying to make a night deposit at a Rock Hill bank on Sept. 8.

Ross was in court Tuesday. He sat underneath a projector screen where prosecutors showed surveillance video from the incident. The video shows a clear shot of both a tattoo on the suspect’s arm and the male suspect’s face, hidden only partially by a handkerchief.

The surveillance video, said Jessica Holland, 16th Circuit Court assistant solicitor, shows without question shows that it is Ross.

“You can see his face — he’s sitting right there,” Holland said. “Anyone can see his face in the video.”

Ross was not arrested until three days after the crime. Ross’s former employer called police after seeing the the video after it was given out to the media after the crime.

After Ross was found, Holland said authorities found clothing which matched the clothes of the suspected robber. Potential DNA evidence is pending.

Ross is accused of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, possession of a gun by a felon and gun possession during a violent crime, records show. Online court records indicate Ross served prison time after convictions in 2014 and 2012 for domestic violence, and he also has a 2006 robbery conviction.

In the incident in September, the woman at the ATM tried to make a deposit when she was accosted at gunpoint and a shot was fired. She escaped, screaming but unharmed. A witness saw the incident and called 911.

The woman told police that the gunman Sept. 8. told her not to scream, but she could see that he was holding a gun.

Ross’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Mark McKinnon, argued that “even if that was Mr. Ross” — and McKinnon did not say Ross was the man pictured in the video — that there was no intent to rob or murder.

But, at that, Holland balked, saying the intent was clearly robbery and the gun was fired during the crime. Police later found what is believed to be a bullet hole in the car bumper and bullet fragment inside the car, an officer said in court Tuesday.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065

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